The Clemens Conference 2024

The Clemens Conference is an international gathering of people interested in Mark Twain held in Hannibal, Missouri. Scholarly papers on Mark Twain are presented, opportunities to visit with fellow Mark Twain scholars and students are afforded, and tours of the Mark Twain Museum and area Mark Twain sites are provided.

The summer of 2024 will find The Clemens Conference again held in Hannibal. A call for papers will be opened in late 2023. To be placed on the notification list for the call for papers and conference details, email Henry Sweets and you will receive announcements as they are available.

The Clemens Conference in 2024 will be held at the Mark Twain Museum.

History of The Clemens Conference

The Center for Mark Twain Studies at Elmira College launched an International Conference on the State of Mark Twain Studies in 1989. This became a quadrennial conference and continues today.

The Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum offered its first international conference called The Clemens Conference in 2011, designed as a quadrennial conference so that a major Mark Twain conference would be offered every two years in odd-numbered years. Conferences were held in 2011, 2015, and 2019.

Covid complications resulted in the postponement of the Elmira conference from 2021 to 2022, and the Clemens Conference followed suit by moving from 2023 to 2024.

Mark Twain at Boyhood Home in Hannibal, MO